With an instrumental sound that incorporates the trance-inducing aspects of electronica with the improvisational leanings of the jam community, it's no wonder that STS9 (or Sound Tribe Sector 9, as it once was known) has been a hit at festivals as divergent as Lollapalooza, the Winter Music Conference, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
While many electronic bands falter in a live setting, STS9 thrives - it sold out back-to-back performances at Colorado's historic Red Rocks Amphitheater and has shared the stage with acts like Blackalicious, Jurassic 5, Cut Chemist and the John Butler Trio.
9 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Jan. 19-20, Roseland Theater, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave., $21, all ages
Eek-A-Mouse's lanky frame and nasally delivery instantly identify this legendary reggae/dance hall pioneer.
While his oddball phrasing and cheeky topics might be his signature, Eek-A-Mouse also is capable of digging deeper and stretching his musical palette - which is why he's managed to become one of the most enduring figures in the genre.
Curb the winter blues with a healthy shot of Jamaican sunshine.
9:30 p.m. FRIDAY, Jan. 18, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $20
The Mora started off as a one-off project, but chemistry and friendship have seen the band grow and thrive, spinning Balkan music saturated with gypsy melancholy and rich in history and soul.
Though the band usually can be found at its monthly residency at Mississippi Pizza, tonight it is leaving the regular spot to bring haunting and romantic sounds to Southeast Portland.
9 p.m. FRIDAY, Jan. 18, Imbibe, 2229 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-888-0675, donation
Tony Starlight's One-Year Anniversary
The strange-shaped building at the corner of Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Halsey Street has had a rough time keeping tenants - so it's with much pride that Tony Starlight's Supper Club celebrates its one-year anniversary as a thriving entertainment mecca.
This jumping throwback to the glory days of highballs and crooners turns a year old with an all-star birthday party featuring namesake Tony Starlight and a variety of performers who have helped make the club a success. Get out your finest and help them celebrate.
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 19, Tony Starlight's, 3728 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-517-8584, $15 for 8 p.m. show, $10 for 10 p.m. show
Boy Eats Drum Machine
Living the dream sounds romantic - until you're taking the plunge to make it happen.
Boy Eats Drum Machine's Jonny Ragel is stripping his spirited electro-pop outfit down to a solo project to make the economics of touring possible, but you can catch one last performance with bandmates Benjy and Pete tonight.
This show is a benefit for Lewis and Clark Law School's Public Interest Law Project.
9 p.m. FRIDAY, Jan. 18, Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St., 503-239-7639, $7